Throughout the last ten or fifteen years, LGBT – lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender – movies have finally gotten the recognition they deserve. As a result, more have been made, although many great ones date back to the 1970s and 1980s. Films like this mean a lot to me and to many of my friends; sometimes all you need is to see something in mainstream entertainment, whether it's a comedy, drama, or documentary, to realize that it's okay to be a certain way. This is a list of inspiring LGBT films that mean a lot to me, for many different reasons. I really wanted to share them with you.
1 A Single Man
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A Single Man is probably the most inspiring LGBT film I've ever seen, and that's not just because I'm desperately in love with Colin Firth. The book is likewise beautiful, but the film, the cinematography, the way the camera shows the audience what and how George sees when he feels really alive … it's just unspeakably amazing. Better still, you don't see too many films focusing on middle aged gay men – mostly they're either very young or very old. This dealt with the middle ground better than anything I've ever seen.
2 Boys Don't Cry
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The story of Brandon Teena is as heartbreaking as what happened to Matthew Shepard (and believe me, when it comes to bullying, The Laramie Project is more than worth watching as well). What happened to him … well, especially right now, with so many controversies going on, seeing what Brandon Teena went through and how it all ended can really help put things in perspective. Plus, few movies deal with transgender issues, and I think it's something that needs to be more illuminated.
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3 Brokeback Mountain
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Has anyone not seen this movie? Does anyone not love it? Well, that's a silly question, I'm sure there's lots who don't. This is an inspiring LGBT film because you also don't often get to see how people who believed themselves to be straight deal with coming to terms with what they really want. Sometimes, yes, it can result in a very violent, sharp, and pointy kind of love. However, this movie also details the heartbreaking price people have to pay for intolerance.
4 The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love
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There sadly aren't a whole lot of films devoted to lesbians – but there are some, and this is a great one. Like the next film, it details what it's like to come to terms with your sexuality when you're young. You see many different reactions, some of them sad and some of them open, and you learn that sometimes, love really can win.
5 Beautiful Thing
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I adore this movie, and it's an important one to watch for anyone feeling doubts about their sexuality. You'd be surprised at how often scenarios like the one in this movie and in #4 actually happen. Friends come together … and it really can be an incredibly beautiful thing. Especially when they're British with cute accents, and have a friend who likes to sing Mama Cass songs.
6 Angels in America
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Angels in America, which started out on HBO, is an incredibly inspiring LGBT film. It brings to light the incredibly important topics of HIV/AIDS awareness, not to mention, friendship, tolerance, and love. This movie is a masterpiece, plain and simple.
7 All over the Guy
Price: $8.19 at amazon.com
I love this movie so much. I mean, I've seen it about 100 times and I'm still not tired of it. The love story between Eli and Tom is complicated and hard. They go through break ups, they hurt one another, they put up walls. Paralleled with the relationship burgeoning between their best friends, you can see that gay couples go through the same things as everyone else.
8 But I'm a Cheerleader
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This movie is kitschy, but it has an important message hiding in it. I'm not going to preach about choice vs. how you're born, I'm not even going to lecture about how wrong many of the characters were. I'm just going to say watch it, enjoy it, and think about the message.
9 The Kids Are All Right
Price: $15.99 at amazon.com
This movie is so incredibly important. Not only is it a raging good flick, but the message is crucial. It proves extremely well that the children of LGBT parents are just like anyone else's children: they have the same problems, the same triumphs, the same questions. That's something I think everyone needs to realize.
There are a number of other inspiring LGBT films; however, these are the ones that have appealed, touched, entertained, and inspired me the most. There are many others that I love nearly as much, though. Maybe we can make a trade, and I'll later reveal some others. First, though, what films most touch and inspire you?
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